Tree Care

Maintenance, Insect & Disease Control and Tree Safety.

Shrub Care

A Greener Approach, Insect & Disease Management and Nutrition & Maintenance

Pest Control

People Pests, Plant Pests and Household Pests.

Consultation

Property Evaluation, Timber Stand Improvement, Expert Witness Testimony.

"We don’t just take care of trees; we take care of people who take care of trees,” — Warren S. Tamke, founder, Tamke Tree Experts

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Why Do I need a Tree Service?

Trees are all around us, offering benefits to the environment, providing us with oxygen, medicines and shade, and inspiring us with stories. Their value is not only monetary; it is social, emotional, and communal. Trees should be preserved and admired.

Trees, like people, should have an annual check-up to ensure their health, safety, and continued vigor. Promoting beautiful and healthy trees requires a specific plan, knowledgeable personnel and professional equipment. Tamke follows the tree and shrub care standards set by the American National Standards Institute.

Take a complimentary Guided Tour. We can walk the property together while discussing suggestions and general tips for maintaining beautiful trees and shrubs. This professional comprehensive analysis is offered at no charge.

With offices located in the Basking Ridge area and West Amwell, New Jersey. Our service area includes Allamuchy, Bridgewater, Chatham, Far Hills, Montville, Mendham, Princeton, Warren, NJ; as well as Doylestown, New Hope and Yardley, PA. If you need a tree service, call the tree experts.

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Tamke Spotlight: Storm Damaged Trees

Your feature trees and expensive ornamental trees will need help beyond initial hazard reduction after the October storm. Proper nutrition will be the key to the longevity of your trees. Weakened trees attract a host of insect problems and may have difficulty healing.

Remember to renew your Rich-Roots® tree fertilization or ask your representative to schedule the treatment to promote healing and vitality of your valuable trees.

Seasonal Tips

  • Apply nymphal tick suppression: Tamke’s Winter Protection Program includes tick suppression to help reduce your exposure to Lyme Disease.
  • Water: Trees and shrubs will benefit from hand watering during dry periods until freezes.
  • Schedule Rich-Roots®: Trees need fertilizer, like humans need vitamins. Apply our custom blend pressure-injected fertilizer every two years to improve the health of your trees.
  • Mulch: Apply a thin layer in the late fall to help conserve moisture and stabilize temperature.

  • Inspect Your Trees: Check old bird-feeders or hardware (ropes/wires) in your trees while the foliage is off. The hardware can girdle the branches or trunk, possibly resulting in the loss of limbs or even the entire plant.
  • Compost: Cold fireplace ashes in small quantities can be added to your compost pile and used as fertilizer for your plants.
  • Use Caution When Salting: Salt can be absorbed by adjacent plants causing dehydration, defoliation and stress on the plant. Try using sand instead.

  • Clean Gutters and Leaders: Make sure gutters and leaders are not clogged and that the water is led away from plant beds. This is especially important for Taxus Yews—they don’t like “wet feet” conditions
  • Check Soil Conditions: Soil can be safely worked when a handful is squeezed into a ball and crumbles easily when pressed. Avoid compacting wet soil. Don’t rototill when it is wet.
  • Replenish Mulch: Woodchips are one of the best mulches you can use to conserve moisture, suppress weed growth and insulate the soil. Apply 3 to 4 inches in depth. One cubic yard covers approximately 100 square feet of bed area. Don’t forget to fertilize your shrubs at the same time.
  • Prune Overgrown Shrubs: Proper pruning of trees and shrubs promotes good health by removing dead and diseased portions. Pruning can also increase flowering.

  • New Plantings: When selecting new plants for your landscape, ask for disease and drought resistant species. Cultivars (nursery-bred plants from an original species) are generally hardier and more disease resistant.
  • Inspect for Unseen Insects: Inspect the underside of leaves for mites. Try using a white piece of paper and shake the leaves vigorously over it. If you see black/red specks on the paper it might be mites.
  • Calibrate Irrigation Systems: Make sure your automatic sprinkler system is calibrated to provide at least 1” of water per week. Remember—one long watering is better than a daily wetting. Deep watering promotes correct root growth.
  • Inspect Mulch: “Volcano” mulching is a phenomenon of mounding mulch thickly up against the trunk of the tree. This can cause insect and disease problems. Level the mulch to no more than 3” in thickness and create a dish shape with a watering wing at the trunk base.

 

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